Science Meeting Provides 'Unparalleled Opportunity'

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Organizers of a big science, technology, math and engineering event this weekend in Indianapolis believe the gathering of 300 is an "absolutely essential" opportunity to connect researchers, industry executive and the next generation of science leaders. The Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting will include discussions on solutions to world hunger and advancements in nanotechnology applications.

Academy Immediate Past President Michael Finkler says the academy also helps promote Indiana's "very competitive" position in STEM industries.

Finkler says while Indiana's science profile is impressive, sometimes "we just don't have the population and resources" as many states along the coasts do.

The meeting is set for Saturday, March 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the JW Mariott in Indianapolis.

Dow AgroScience Global Trait Introgression Leader James Bing will deliver a keynote address. He will discuss science-based solutions for feeding a growing world. Incoming academy president Arden Bement will discuss markets, investments and applications in nanotechnology.

March 12, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Indiana Academy of Science is proud to present the 129th Annual Academy Meeting. The 129TH Annual Academy Meeting will offer over 150 science research presentations, workshops and hot topics, and will host 400 Indiana scientists from industry and academia, science educators, and graduate and undergraduate science students. The 129th Annual Academy Meeting marks nearly 129 years of science by a non-profit professional organization that continues to be an important voice of Indiana science since its inception in 1885. This Annual Meeting is unique in that it is multi-disciplinary, inclusive of the scholarly work of industry and academic scientists that work in fields ranging from astronomy, to microbiology, to environmental science, to science education, to physics and more. The 129th Annual Academy Meeting will include the most up to date research, 'hot topics,' and information and skill building workshops.

2014 speakers include over 150 Indiana scientists and aspiring scientists, and world class guest speakers: Dow AgroSciences Dr. Jim Bing 'The New Hoosier Farmer: Makes Corn in a Laboratory’; Dr. Johannah Barry, Founder and President of the Galapagos Conservancy who will talk about ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Saving Galapagos in the 21st Century'; Dr. Paul Rothrock, Author of the widely acclaimed Sedges of Indiana; Dr. Dale Edwards, Academy President and Author of the newly released Mites of Freshwater Mollusks; Genetic Educator Dr. Sam Rhine who will present 'From Skin to Stem: Recent Advances in Stem Cell Technology' and more. Several of Indiana's future scientists from Indiana's public schools have also been invited.

The 129th Annual Academy Meeting is generously sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Subaru of America, White River State Park, and WFYI (media partner)

The Indiana Academy of Science continues to enjoy a high professional stature with a membership that includes many of the states' premier scientists and science educators. The Academy is one of the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, and holds a significant presence in the state of Indiana and Midwest. The Indiana Academy of Science is dedicated to promoting scientific research, encouraging communication and cooperation among scientists, diffusing scientific information, and improving education in the sciences. It is the Indiana affiliate of the AAAS (AAAS affiliates serve more than 10 million members, representing the world’s largest federation of scientific and engineering societies)

Source: The Indiana Academy of Science